President Muhammadu Buhari has cautioned that the removal of any democratic government by force is no longer acceptable.
According to him, violence can never solve problems, rather, it complicates them and retards the progress of democratic societies.
He, therefore, called on all stakeholders to resist the destabilisation of democratic countries through coups d’état.
His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement yesterday, quoted him over the failed coup in Turkey.
He added: “Democracy provides peaceful options of changing governments through the ballot box. The ballot box doesn’t require violence to remove any government perceived to have lost its popularity and public support. Despite its limitations, democracy is still better and more durable than a violent change of government.”
Buhari congratulated Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for surviving the putsch.
The president described Erdogan as one of Nigeria’s close international partners and sincere supporters in her current war against terrorism.
Buhari praised the courage and immediate response of ordinary Turkish citizens, who in face of guns and tanks, defied the rebel soldiers and forced them to abandon their “mad quest for power.”
Buhari, who urged Erdogan to pursue reconciliation, offered Nigeria’s support to the government and people of Turkey in their hour of trial.